Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco Cessation


MBGH received a grant in 2010 to 2012 from Pfizer to assist employers in the Chicago area in creating effective smoking cessation strategies, policies and programs for their workforces. The Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project (CTPP) was overseen by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. During the grant period, MBGH conducted benchmarking surveys of employer smoking cessation benefits and policies and workshops on best practices in smoking cessation worksite activities to create a smoking cessation toolkit.


This grant led to the MBGH Smoking Cessation Toolkit which helps employers improve product efficiency and maximize their ROI while improving covered populations’ health and lowering costs on healthcare.

Business Case for Employers

  • The Society of Actuaries has determined that secondhand smoke costs the U.S. economy roughly $10 billion a year: $5 billion in estimated medical costs associated with secondhand smoke exposure, and another $4.6 billion in lost wages. This estimate does not include youth exposure to secondhand smoke.1
  • Cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke cost $92 billion in productivity losses annually, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.2

Project Goals

  • Providing individual assistance to employers seeking support in smoking cessation and assisting in onsite smoking cessation programs for employees or training staff
  • Employer toolkit consisting of a variety of resources for creating:
    • Smoke-free campuses
    • Comprehensive smoking cessation benefit packages
    • A healthier workforce

1Behan, D.F.; Eriksen, M.P.; Lin, Y., "Economic Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke," Society of Actuaries, March 31, 2005. Download Accessed on August 17, 2005
2[n.a.], "Annual Smoking Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses - United States, 1997-2001," JAMA, MMWR 2005;54:625-628

Quitting Smoking Timeline

Project Contacts

If you are interested in smoking cessation related topics for your population, contact MBGH President and CEO, Cheryl Larson to learn more about this topic